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In Search of SoulHip-Hop, Literature, and Religion$
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Alejandro Nava

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293533

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293533.001.0001

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In Search of Soul

Alejandro Nava

University of California Press

This introductory chapter briefly considers the two major streams that have shaped Western ideas of soul: religious and biblical versions of soul; and cultural, musical, and literary interpretations. These categories allow us to consider soul from different angles, first as a biblical and theological concept and subsequently as a question of style in music, folklore, poetry, and literature. When speaking of this second inflection, the chapter (and the book as a whole) focuses on African American and Spanish/Latin American traditions, as they converge with the author's own area of expertise and, more personally, touch aspects of his own culturally conditioned soul.

Keywords:   soul, Latin American traditions, music, folklore, poetry, literature, African American traditions, Spanish traditions, culturally conditioned soul, hip-hop

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